Google is on a sanitation mission. It has joined hands with India’s Ministry of Urban Development to develop a toilet location tool that will help users find clean toilets around them. The service for now has been launched in Delhi and Madhya Pradesh and may roll out to other states soon.
Google is adding the location, address and opening hours of over four thousand communal and public restrooms to its Maps. It is beginning to roll out these new local listings on Google Maps today, and it will be available to users both on desktop and smartphones( iOS and Android). This service will be accessible to users both in English and Hindi language.
With over four thousand listings covering Delhi NCR including Ghaziabad, Gurugram, Noida, Faridabad, Bhopal and Indore in Madhya Pradesh – Indians and visitors alike will now be able to easily find the nearest public toilet on Google Maps – both on the mobile app as well as on desktop.
Speaking on the launch, Sanket Gupta, Product Manager, Google Maps said, “When you search for “public toilet” on Google Maps in an area where the service is available, you’ll see a list of restrooms near you, including the respective address and opening hours. For instance, if you’re travelling on the national highway 8 in Gurugram, locating a public toilet can be challenging and most often the only option is going to nearby restaurants and cafes. Having this information handy can make things much easier.”
Poor sanitation is one of the major problems that India is facing for long time. Many Indians still do not have access to well-built toilets. According to a survey, almost 70 per cent of Indian households still do not have access to toilets as a result they are forced to defecate in open space. Google hopes that the tool can provide easy access to information to people in India and help improve sanitation.
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